Scouts-L Mail Archive for November of 1998: Re: World Jamboree Problems in Chile
Re: World Jamboree Problems in Chile
Robert F. Reeder
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 07:40:33 -0800
Big Ed wrote and Settummanque! responded.
>In 1979 I was one of the scouts disappointed because the World
>Jamboree was cancelled in Iran after massive political instability
>and a radical cleric caused the World Jamboree to be cancelled.
"Wait a minute!! It wasn't cancelled...they just moved the location
to Norway and it was Nordjam 79?? Was I dreaming or something??
I remember something to the effect that the BSA led the efforts to
move and quickly organize the new World Jamboree at the site in
Norway (or Sweeden, or one of them Nordic countries)!"
My comments: Norjam was in 1975. There was no World Jamboree in 1979.
As a stafff member of the 1995 Jamboree in The Netherlands, all the
literature discusses that the Iran Jambo was cancelled. In fact, the
1975 NOrway jamboree is listed as the 14th World Jamboree, and the 1983
Jamboree in Canada is the 15th.
>If things do spin out of control in this emerging democracy the
>World Bureau could very well cancel the World Jamboree as they did
>19 years ago.
Or *perhaps* move it to Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, where's there's
already a "hold" on the facility as a Jamboree site. With some
planning and coordination, Scouts and Scouters from around the
world could be coming once again to America's shores!
My COmments: I doubt this very much. At the world jamboree in The
Netherlands, I talked to a number of individuals at national and was
told that the US will probably not host a World Jamboree again. The
reasons varied, but can be lumped into two categories. 1) Time and
resources required in that putting on a National Jamboree every 4 years
on the scale that it is takes a lot of doing. 2) Due to many
differences of scouting in other nations, most notably the use of
alcoholic beverages by the adult, there is a lack of desire to support
this by hosting a jamboree.